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    Beginning Programming

    Hello Forum,

    Ok so I have decided that I want to begin programming and as I am a beginner I'm intrested to know how other people started out?, what language? software, ect..

    Your responces will be greatly thanked!

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    Tricky. Basic and its variations will teach you bad habits, the C-type languages will teach you better habits but the learning curve is steep. Perl is strong on data and expressions but is full of mnemonics.

    Python is a good general-purpose, easy to pick up language that will give you a strong grounding, and then I'd progress to C# personally - but it abstracts everything a *long* way from the hardware, so make sure you get some C/C++ background along the way.

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    I started out many years ago when I was just a small fry programming in QBasic and Pascal!

    I now do a bit of everything, not amazing in any, very good at php, but can get by with most.

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    php is a good foundation to start with, then build up from there to C, or pascal...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    php is a good foundation to start with, then build up from there to C, or pascal...
    PHP is pretty good I think. Pascal is getting a little old now. As @PowdarMonkey said C based languages are the way to go nowdays.

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    Visual basic free edition is a fun place to start. Easy to start making useful programs without too many restrictions.

    I started with zx81 basic, BBC basic, BBC assembly, then skipped a decade and started with scripting and visual basic. I can read PHP just about but find it awkward to program, though only because I have not spent hours coding stuff in it.

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    VB is a wonderfull tool to have in your arsenal! PHP is hard to write if your not used to it. Myself i hae spent tooooo many hours sweating over a PHP screen.

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    thanks guys, I downloaded Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition (Good move?)
    it seems to be friendly to someone like me who has only ever had experience with HTML and CSS.

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    Good move I'd say it has a friendly GUI and is rather simple to grasp, you should get some results pretty quickly.

    Consider [ame=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Teach-Yourself-Visual-Basic-Hours/dp/0672329840/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268230894&sr=8-7]Sams Teach Yourself Visual Basic 2008 in 24 Hours: Complete Starter Kit: Amazon.co.uk: James Foxall: Books[/ame] maybe??

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    Thanks dan, have you a copy of this book already? what do you think of it? It would be at the bottom of my list as i'm currently studying for my CCNA.

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    I have the older version of this book for VB6, if its of the same qulity then it will be good.

    Eeeeee CCNA, that's a usefull one :-)

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    We use C# here to teach the kids basic programming. I follow the course at:

    C# for Sharp Kids

    Pupils love it.

    Gareth

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    BASIC used to be a nasty language - everything was GOTO statements and line numbers. It's not really been like that for a long time.

    As you've made a start with VB.Net then I'd stick with that - make sure you're using procedures and subroutines. Find out about objects, properties and methods and you'll be making a good start.

    Pick a small project that you can understand (eg "delete all .log files from the windows directory which are older than 1 month") and write it. Doesn't matter that it may never be used - it's just something to get you going.

    Have fun but be warned - it can be addictive :-)

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    Not that im a programmer (more a scripter) but i think a better question is why do you want to learn programming? That is, for work/career you should think about the industry you want to get into and if its personal then what do you want to be able to do?

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    thanks again, i've got to say i'm completely taken in on this, whenever i used to think about starting programing in the past i was thinking about the learning process and how hard it will be, and will it really be 'interesting!'. so ive been playing around with VB for about two hours now and i LOVE it! especially loving the XAML!

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